8 weeks out, easy squat, hard deadlift day

Last week was hard squats and easy deadlifts, this week, easy squats and hard deadlifts.  Since I bumped up the squat weights two weeks ago for my last easy squat/hard deadlift day, I decided to bump them again this week.  Whereas I was doing 5 sets of 3 with 75% of my prior 1 RM, now I'm up to 5 sets of 3 with 80%.  It feels good.  The technique improvements are really working and my speed with these 80% sets is better than ever.  Also did something different tonight, I tried grabbing the floor with my toes--or at least tried grabbing the insoles of my squat shoes with my toes.  I've never done that before but after concentrating on keeping my weight towards my heels, it felt like I needed to do something with my toes.

While I've read about grabbing the floor with my toes in various articles by Pavel and others, I never tried it before.  I guess I had other form/technique issues that were priorities.  Anyways, after cueing myself to do it, it did make a difference in how solid my set up and squat felt and it's definitely in the set-up routine moving forwards.

Squats:  135x10, 225x5, 275x5, add belt, 315x3, 365x3x5 sets

After squats, it was time for deadlifts.  I planned on working my hook grip some today so I hooked for as long as my thumbs could go.  After a single with 545, they felt like they were ready to tear so I strapped up for the remaining sets.  As I sit here and type this entry, they're a bit angry and there's a bit of a blister forming but no torn calluses anywhere.  About the biggest issue so far with the session was an overall lack of speed.  I think the squat work before deadlifting is causing it but since I'm working with similar weights and volumes as I used in previous, stand-alone deadlift workouts, I'm not too concerned.  Come meet time, I'm anticipating having my speed off the floor back.

Deadlifts:  315x3, 405x3, add belt, 495x1, 545x1, add straps, 565x1, 495x3, 455x5

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